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At the beginning of 2006, the Western Cape Government Transport and Public Works established the Masakh' iSizwe Bursary Programme. The vision is to make cohorts of professionals in engineering and built environment fields critical to the growth of the economy available to the province, the country and continent of Africa. These professionals are characterised by excellence in learning, citizenship and service.

Which bursaries are offered through the Masakh’iSizwe Bursary Programme?

Masakh’iSizwe offers bursaries for full-time studies towards a degree or diploma in the transport, engineering and built environment disciplines:

  • Architecture
  • Construction Management
  • Civil Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Quantity Surveying
  • Town and Regional Planning
  • Transport Economists
  • Economists
  • Geomatics
  • Property Studies

What does the bursary cover?

  • Tuition fees • Accommodation and
  • Support programmes meals (or transport costs)
  • All prescribed books and materials

Where can the bursaries be taken up?

  • University of Cape Town
  • Cape Peninsula University of Technology
  • Stellenbosch University

Will I have to pay anything back?

The bursaries are offered on a work-back basis. In other words, you will have to work in the public service for one year, for every year you have received a bursary. During your studies you will also need to:

  • Attend workshops, events and meetings
  • Partake in outreach programmes and
  • Undertake academic experiential training

Who can apply for a bursary?

  • A South African citizen
  • Students accepted at the relevant tertiary institutions

Preference will be given, but not limited to:

Persons with disabilities, the financially disadvantaged, female learners and applicants from rural areas of South Africa.

How do I apply?

The closing date for applications is 31 August every year.

An application form is attached to this email or you can also download the application form at: